The Primitive Rule of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, was given by Saint Albert, who was Patriarch of Jerusalem in the year 1206. In the Rule he states clearly that those who live by it, should, ‘live a life of allegiance to Jesus Christ’.
- The Rule of Saint Albert had but one object: to facilitate a life of prayer, a life of intimacy with God.
- The whole pattern of life the Rule lays down is ordered to this single end: to enable those who follow it to give their undivided attention to God, serving Him with a pure heart and a good conscience.
- It is a Rule that wants to teach the heart to love.
- It teaches us, that we may look to God alone, and obey our superiors in a spirit of faith.
- We are to reflect on Our Lord in the Scriptures, so that the Word of God may always be in our hearts and on our lips.
- Through the Rule we are to enter into a genuine sharing of life in fraternal charity.
- To live in a spirit of evangelical self-denial and a generous commitment to work.
- We must hold everything in common, nothing is ours.
- Above all, we must lead a life of unceasing prayer in silence and solitude.